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  • n. A system of administrative detentions in the People's Republic of China in which penal labour is done for a small salary, generally used to detain people who have committed minor crimes.


Chinese 劳教, láojiào (an abbreviation of 劳动教养, láodòng jiàoyǎng). (Wiktionary)


  • This includes so-called laojiao or reeducation through labor, a form of administrative rather than judicial detention, where dissidents, petty criminals and vagrants can be imprisoned for several years without a trial, Wu's group said.

    Taipei Times

  • He attempted a return to China in 1998, was captured again, and sentenced through "laojiao" (administrative detention) to three years in a labor camp.

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  • Any "laojiao" able to estimate the price when it comes out with or w / o contract?

  • The emphasis in re-education-through-labor is on the labor: People sentenced to so-called laojiao may spend as much as 12 to 14 hours a day, according to some accounts, doing work like construction, making bricks, or mining.

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  • Some laojiao camps do have rules requiring inmates to study two hours a day, although one in-depth report on a camp in southern China found that sessions occurred only when there was a lull in production.

    How Educational Is A Chinese Re-Educational Camp? | Disinformation

  • According to Wikipedia, "persons detained under laojiao are detained in facilities which are separate from the general prison system."

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  • The China Daily story was titled, New law to abolish laojiao system, and ran on March 1, 2007.

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  • Ying Songnian, a law expert and NPC deputy, said that flaws with laojiao lie in its implementation procedure because there is no strict legal boundary in deciding the length of detention.

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  • Under laojiao the police can "sentence a person guilty of such minor offenses as petty theft and prostitution, to a maximum of four years 'incarceration," says the China Daily.

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  • Wang Gongyi, vice-director of the Institute of Justice Research affiliated to the Ministry of Justice, said that the current laojiao practice contradicts several items in the Constitution, the Criminal Procedure Law, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights a United Nations human rights treaty China signed in 1998.

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